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UK General Election 2024

UK General Election 2024
Learn more about the SWA's manifesto for the 2024 General Election, and our ask of candidates to pledge to #SupportScotch

People | Planet | Prosperity

We want all the parties to champion our great exports like Scotch Whisky, ensuring it has the support it needs in the UK to deliver the growth and investment to see it flourish, deliver on its sustainability objectives, and play a leading role in promoting Scotland and the UK around the world.

 

 


Follow the SWA on X to learn more about our asks of Parliamentary candidates, and ensure that the government supports Scotch Whisky at home, abroad and for its long-term future.


Our Manifesto to #SupportScotch

As we look ahead to this year’s election, we put forward a simple ask - help us build the domestic foundation to achieve global success.

The next government has an opportunity to ensure the next chapter of the Scotch Whisky story is one of partnership, shared ambition, and one that delivers for people across the UK, and our planet as we continue our path to net-zero, and the prosperity of the nation.

We want all the parties to champion our great exports like Scotch Whisky, ensuring it has the support it needs in the UK to deliver the growth and investment to see it flourish, deliver on its sustainability objectives, and play a leading role in promoting Scotland and the UK around the world.

Accelerate Sustainable Scotch

Provide a focused solution from government on grid connectivity and the capacity to support increased decarbonisation and access to the energy grid.

Support Scotch in our biggest market

Our industry needs the permanent removal of the 25% tariffs on Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the United States. The suspension of those tariffs is due to expire in June 2026 and their permanent removal, ensuring the industry is not hit again with punitive tariffs in trade disputes, is vital.

Back growth and investment at home

Reduce the excise duty burden on spirits to the EU average by the end of the Parliament, which will support our industry to invest, grow our exports and our workforce, and deliver increased revenue to the Treasury.



Why #SupportScotch?

The Scotch Whisky Association represents an iconic domestic manufacturing industry with global reach. Our membership base represents over 90 member companies, from global spirits producers to family-owned firms, established to new distillers, that accounts for the majority of Scotch Whisky production. Our members own hundreds of brands and thousands of expressions enjoyed in more than 180 markets worldwide. 

The Scotch Whisky industry

  • Exports 43 bottles of Scotch Whisky per second, worth £5.6bn in 2023
  • Adds £7.1bn in Gross Value Added to the economy
  • Supports over 66,000 jobs across the UK, including many in rural parts of the country
  • Invests over £2.1bn in our UK-wide supply chain

 

 


 

We're asking your parliamentary candidates to #SupportScotch in #GE2024 and beyond

 


For updates on the SWA's political engagement beyond the 2024 General Election, please click here.